List of French artists

The following is a chronological list of French artists working in visual or plastic media (plus, for some artists of the 20th century, performance art). For alphabetical lists, see the various subcategories of Category:French artists. See other articles for information on French literature, French music, French cinema and French culture.

Middle Ages

See also Middle Ages, Gothic architecture, Illuminated manuscript


See also Renaissance, Francis I of France, Henry II of France, Catherine de' Medici, Henry III of France, Henry IV of France, Louvre, Fontainebleau, Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Seventeenth century

See also French Baroque and Classicism, Louis XIII of France, Cardinal Richelieu, Baroque, Louis XIV of France, Palace of Versailles, Classicism

Eighteenth century

See also Palace of Versailles, Louis XV of France, Madame de Pompadour, Rococo, Louis XVI of France, Neoclassicism, Enlightenment, Gobelins. For art criticism, see Denis Diderot

Nineteenth century (Romanticism to Impressionism)

See also French Revolution, Napoleon I, Romanticism, Barbizon school, Naturalism, Symbolism, Impressionism, Academic art, Napoleon III of France, Photography, Modernism

Nineteenth century (Impressionism to Fauvism)

See also Modern art, Modernism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Les Nabis, Fauvism, Symbolism, Symbolist painters, Art Nouveau, Primitivism

Twentieth century (pre-World War II)

See also Post-Impressionism, Modern art, Modernism, Cubism, Puteaux Group, Dada, Surrealism

Twentieth century (post-World War II)

See also Modern art

French photographers

See also


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  2. ^ Peintres Juifs A Paris: École de Paris, Nadine Nieszawer et al, Éditions Denoël, Paris, 2000
  3. ^ Atristes Juifs de l'École de Paris 1905-1939, Nieszawer and Princ, Somogy Éditions d'Art, Paris, 2015
  4. ^ Künstler Lexikon des Zwanzigsten Jarhrhunderts, Hans Vollmer, volume six, E. A. Seemann Verlag, Leipzig 1962
  5. ^ Undzere Farpainikte Kinstler, Hersh Fenster, Imprimerie Abècé, Paris 1951
  6. ^ "Pierre_Wemaere". Archived from the original on 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
18th-century French art

18th-century French art was dominated by the Baroque, Rocaille and neoclassical movements.

19th-century French art

19th-century French art was made in France or by French citizens during the following political regimes: Napoleon Bonaparte's Consulate (1799–1804) and Empire (1804–1814), the Restoration under Louis XVIII and Charles X (1814–1830), the July Monarchy under Louis Philippe d'Orléans (1830–1848), the Second Republic (1848–1852), the Second Empire under Napoleon III (1852–1871), and the first decades of the Third Republic (1871–1940).

Many of the developments in French arts in this period parallel changes in literature. For more on this, see French literature of the 19th century.

For more on French history, see History of France.

Aldo Crommelynck

Aldo Crommelynck (26 December 1931 – 22 December 2008) was a Belgian master printmaker who made intaglio prints in collaboration with many important European and American artists of the 20th century.

Charles Philipon

Charles Philipon (19 April 1800 – 25 January 1861). Born in Lyon, he was a French lithographer, caricaturist and journalist. He was the editor of the La Caricature and of Le Charivari, both satirical political journals.

EL Seed

eL Seed (born 1981) is a French-Tunisian street artist whose works incorporate traditional Arabic calligraphy, a style he calls calligraffiti. Since the 2011 Tunisian revolution, eL Seed has consciously used his art as a tool of political expression, much like Egypt's Mohamed Mahmoud graffiti. He cites the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and the Iraqi artist Sundus Abdul-Hadi as inspirational figures whose art was able to spark political change.

French art

French art consists of the visual and plastic arts (including French architecture, woodwork, textiles, and ceramics) originating from the geographical area of France. Modern France was the main centre for the European art of the Upper Paleolithic, then left many megalithic monuments, and in the Iron Age many of the most impressive finds of early Celtic art. The Gallo-Roman period left a distinctive provincial style of sculpture, and the region around the modern Franco-German border led the empire in the mass production of finely decorated Ancient Roman pottery, which was exported to Italy and elsewhere on a large scale. With Merovingian art the story of French styles as a distinct and influential element in the wider development of the art of Christian Europe begins.

France can fairly be said to have been a leader in the development of Romanesque art and Gothic art, before the Renaissance led to Italy becoming the main source of stylistic developments until France matched Italy's influence during the Rococo and Neoclassicism periods and then regained the leading role in the Arts from the 19th to the mid-20th century.

Georges Henri Manzana Pissarro

Georges Henri Manzana Pissarro (1871–1961) was a French artist who worked in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist styles. He was also a designer of textiles, decorative objects, furniture and glassware.

List of French artists nominated for MTV Europe Music Awards

The following is a list of French artists nominated for MTV Europe Music Awards. List does not include MTV Europe Music Award for Best French Act, New Sounds of Europe or MTV Europe Music Award for Best European Act. Winners are in bold text.

List of French engravers

This is a chronological list of French engravers.

List of French painters

This is a list of French painters sorted alphabetically and by the century in which the painter was most active.

Louis Favre (painter)

Louis Favre (15 September 1892 – 17 April 1956) was a French painter, print maker, writer and inventor who spent most of his life in France and the Netherlands.

He is known internationally for his labor-intensive technique. His works achieved great popularity, particularly in the Netherlands.

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